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George Houston Golden

Date of birth: 18-Aug-25
Date of death: 30-Jan-09
Home of record: Virginia Beach Virginia


Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the U.S.S. Liberty Incident

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant George Houston Golden (NSN: 0-574328/6302), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in connection with the unprovoked and unexpected armed attack on U.S.S. LIBERTY (AGTR), in the Eastern Mediterranean, on 8 June 1967. During the early afternoon hours, U.S.S. LIBERTY, while engaged in peaceful operations in international waters, was attacked without warning by jet fighter aircraft and three motor torpedo boats. The LIBERTY was subjected to intense incendiary, machine gun, and rocket fire and was placed in extreme jeopardy by a torpedo hit below the waterline on the starboard side in the vicinity of the Research compartment. Severe structural damage and extensive personnel casualties were incurred. Lieutenant Golden, serving as Engineering Officer, was in main control during the attack coordinating the operation of machinery for propulsion and power under battle conditions. Three times when told to "standby for torpedo attack to starboard," Lieutenant Golden unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his own personal safety, and although wounded by rocket fire, relieved the phone talker and throttleman on the starboard side of the engineroom at the waterline, assuming their duties and ordered all others away from the area of imminent danger. His aggressiveness and coolness under fire was exceptional inspirational leadership in an hour of awesome peril. Lieutenant Golden's initiative and courageous actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: 8-Jun-67

Service: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant

Company: Engineering Officer

Division: U.S.S. Liberty (AGTR-5)